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If you recall, I wrote about two different stories out of New York and Arizona, respectively, a few days ago on my blog.

The story out of Arizona was the botched execution of Joseph Wood, which you can read about here.

The story out of New York was the apprehension, choking and death of Eric Garner, which you can read about here.

I have two updates on both stories.

First from Arizona, it’s now come out that it took 15 lethal injections to kill Joseph Wood. That’s 15 separate doses of an experimental drug. From Mother Jones:

“Instead of the one dose as required under the protocol, ADC injected 15 separate doses of the drug combination, resulting in the most prolonged execution in recent memory,” said Dale Baich, Wood’s lawyer. “This is why an independent investigation by a non-governmental authority is necessary.”

As for New York, it was ruled by the medical examiner that not only was Eric Garner’s death a homicide but it was the choke-hold, as well as the officers sitting on his chest, that killed him. That’s huge and it will be interesting to see where the investigation goes from here. From ABC News:

The New York City Medical Examiner ruled that the cause of death was “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest, and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”

They said that acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity and hypersensitive cardiovascular disease were “contributing conditions” but still ruled the manner of death a “homicide.”

Not only is the choke-hold a banned move for the NYPD, but it resulted, as the medical examiner said, in a homicide.

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